Con­struc­tion be­gins on Ap­ple­ton Road round­about


While I was out and about ... I saw that work has fi­nally started on the round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of Ap­ple­ton and Tele­graph roads this week.

State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion crews were di­rect­ing traf­fic Tues­day as they be­gan con­struc­tion on the $2.1 mil­lion project to con­vert a flash­ing light at Route 273 and Ap­ple­ton Road into a full traf­fic round­about.

The Ap­ple­ton Road project in the Fair Hill area in­cludes ex­ten­sive drainage work, grad­ing, paving, con­crete/split­ter is­lands, light­ing and land­scap­ing. That in­ter­sec­tion has about 8,000 ve­hi­cles a day pass through it and SHA hopes to im­prove safety and ef­fi­ciency there with the com­ple­tion of the project some­time in the spring of 2018.

The Ap­ple­ton/Tele­graph Road round­about is the first of three round­abouts to be com­pleted by the spring of 2018.

A sec­ond round­about at Route 281 (Red Hill Road) and Muddy Lane is sched­uled to be­gin this fall as soon as util­ity re­lo­ca­tions are done. This $3.1 mil­lion project will re­place an ex­ist­ing three-way in­ter­sec­tion with a full round­about.

Al­lan My­ers Con­struc­tion, of Fall­ston, is the con­trac­tor for both the Ap­ple- ton Road and Muddy Lane round­abouts.

A third round­about at Blue Ball Road and Tele­graph Road (Route 273) is also set to be­gin this fall and be com­pleted by the spring of 2018.

Con­gres­sional Con­tract­ing, of Po­tomac, is the con­trac­tor for that $2.4 mil­lion project.

Con­struc­tion won’t start un­til the on­go­ing util­ity re­lo­ca­tions are com­plete near the in­ter­sec­tion, which is cur­rently a two-way stop, SHA spokesman Charles Gis­chlar said.

*** Ge­orge Ka­plan, a Colora res­i­dent, is or­ga­niz­ing a pub­lic meet­ing to dis­cuss so­lar power op­tions for county res­i­dents at North East Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Sept. 29.

Mary­land Sun, a non­profit that helps to or­ga­nize lo­cal so­lar power co-ops in Mary­land, will be lead­ing the dis­cus­sion about how to form a Ce­cil County Co­op­er­a­tive, ac­cord­ing to Ka­plan. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-658-0484.

*** Busi­ness own­ers may want to get a heads up on new em­ployer rules for cal­cu­lat­ing over­time and sick leave next year. If so, then you may want to at­tend a seminar Sept. 23 at Ce­cil Col­lege.

That’s when the gov­ern­ment re­la­tions com­mit­tee of the Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce is bring­ing Chris­tine Wal­ter, an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant, to dis­cuss new rules and new leg­is­la­tion and how it could im­pact lo­cal com­pa­nies.

The seminar, which in­cludes break­fast, will run from 7:45 to 10 a.m. in Room 208 of the Tech­nol­ogy Build- ing at Ce­cil Col­lege. The fee is $10 for mem­bers and $20 for non-mem­bers.

*** Robert Mur­ray, of State Line Liquors, an­nounced re­cently that his busi­ness has been named one of the top five bot­tle shops in the U.S. by Men’s Jour­nal. The liquor store on Elkton/ Ne­wark Road of­fers cus­tomers 35 taps for tast­ings and growlers as well as a wide se­lec­tion of Mid-At­lantic craft beers. The shop is con­sis­tently rated in the top five beer re­tail­ers in the county by Rate Beer.

*** Teri Rigby, of Ris­ing Sun, just opened a sec­ond­hand shop on Prim­rose Lane off of Biggs High­way in town. It’s called Silk Purses and Sow’s Ears and fea­tures ev­ery­thing from high-end mer­chan­dise to more sim­ple items.

The shop is open Thurs­day through Sun­day from 10 a.m. un­til 5 p.m. Stop by and check it out. If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­, or call her at 443-907-8440.


State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion crews start work on a round­about con­struc­tion project at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 273 and Ap­ple­ton Road on Tues­day.

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